• WEYBURN Sask – Petitions are starting and local

    first_img WEYBURN, Sask. – Petitions are starting and local businesses are offering to make repairs to help restart the projectors at the only movie house in a small southern Saskatchewan city.The marquee on Weyburn’s Soo Theatre, owned by Landmark Cinemas, has read ‘temporarily closed” since the end of November.But Landmark’s website says the doors are permanently shuttered and thanks movie lovers for their patronage over the last 45 years.The building needs major repairs, and the theatre chain says it will be sold or possibly demolished.It says repair costs aren’t worth it and Weyburn — with a population of about 11,000 — isn’t big enough to justify a new cinema.Landmark CEO Bill Walker says the company plans to hire a broker to sell the site, although some Weyburn residents have shown some interest in buying it.He says the company would be willing to help an entrepreneur reopen the movie house. He notes that Landmark once helped someone in an Alberta community who wanted to take over one of the chain’s theatres.“Generally, we are looking at larger urban markets where there’s still opportunities for new cinemas,” Walker said in an interview. “But that’s not to say that a more entrepreneurial venture from a different operator couldn’t make a go of it in (Weyburn).”Walker is sympathetic and said Landmark is reluctant to take away a cinema from any community, but it comes down to a business decision.“Ultimately, as you can all appreciate, it’s not a charitable venture either.”Walker said inquiries to purchase the building can be made directly to Landmark Cinemas.City Coun. Jeff Richards suggested an independently owned theatre or a co-operative might work.“Like everybody else, we are disappointed … to lose anything, and particularly something that can draw folks from all over,” he said.“Ultimately we’d love to find a situation where the private sector can come up with a solution for us.” Richards added.“We don’t want to be a city without a movie theatre.”Richards explained the city cannot get involved. It distributes business licences but does not take part in day-to-day operations.Weyburn is about 110 kilometres southeast of Regina.(Discover Weyburn) The marquee on the Soo Theatre in Weyburn, Sask. is seen in this undated handout photo. Petitions are starting and local businesses are offering to make repairs to help restart the projectors at the only movie theatre in a small southern Saskatchewan city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, James Brackpool, Discover Weyburn *MANDATORY CREDIT* by James Brackpool, Discover Weyburn, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 31, 2018 11:44 am PDT Last Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Landmark Cinemas cries ‘Cut!’ for only movie theatre in small Saskatchewan citylast_img read more

  • Swearing in 2013

    first_img Categories: News 09Jan Swearing in 2013 Rep. Cindy Denby is sworn into her 3rd term as a state representative by Lt. Gov. Brian Calleylast_img

  • Rep Reilly introduces bill to restore free speech at public colleges and

    first_img03May Rep. Reilly introduces bill to restore free speech at public colleges and universities Representative John Reilly (R-Oakland) introduced legislation today to protect the free speech rights of students on college campuses.The Campus Free Speech Act, House Bill 4581, would prohibit public colleges and universities from restricting peaceful forms of assembly, protest, speech, distribution of literature, and circulation of petitions except when necessary to achieve a compelling governmental interest, and then only if in the least restrictive manner possible and leaving ample alternative opportunities to do so.Effectively, the legislation would specify that public colleges and universities are public forums in their public areas.Representative Reilly pointed to a report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education that listed six major Michigan universities as having “at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.”“There have been numerous free speech issues on several of our campuses, with multiple lawsuits settled and others pending.  When universities around the country have fought free speech cases, students’ First Amendment rights have prevailed every time.“Our students have the fundamental right to free speech, free from fear of administrative persecution,” Representative Reilly said.Representative Reilly also commented on a possible objection to the bill: universities’ autonomy from legislative oversight under the state Constitution.“Let me be clear: The Constitution of Michigan as well as the Constitution of the United States guarantee all citizens the right to free speech, and the Michigan Constitution vests exclusively in the Legislature the authority to develop a statutory framework to protect the constitutional rights of its citizens.  Universities have autonomy in the conduct of their affairs, but that does not give them any authority to infringe upon the constitution rights of its students.“If they wish to threaten a constitutional challenge to this legislation, I say, bring it on.”House Bill 4581 was referred to the House Oversight Committee.### Categories: Reilly Newscenter_img Tags: First Amendment, Free Speech, Freedom of Speech, House Bill 4581, students last_img read more

  • Rep Allor hosts August office hours

    first_img Categories: Allor News 07Aug Rep. Allor hosts August office hours State Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine announced office hours for the month of August for Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties.“Hosting office hours is one of the best ways to stay connected to the residents and listen to their concerns,” Rep. Allor said. “Being accountable and available to people is one of my top priorities. I encourage anyone to join me and discuss problems or issues they encounter while navigating state government or if they have ideas to improve our state.”The schedule for office hours is as follows:Monday Aug. 710:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Cabin Creek Coffee House, 201 North 2nd in Alpena;12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Flour Garden, 105 South State St. in Harrisville; and2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Big Boy Restaurant, 1222 South US 23 in East Tawas.Friday Aug. 1810:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Karsten’s Restaurant, 1072 W. 3rd in Rogers City; and1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Thirstt Sturgeon Restaurant, 11900 Scott Road in Wolverine.No appointment is necessary. Residents that cannot attend scheduled office hours may contact Allor at her Lansing office at (517) 373-0833 or SueAllor@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

  • Rep Kahle supports reform to lower Michigan auto insurance rates

    first_img State Rep. Bronna Kahle today announced she is part of a bipartisan coalition to reform Michigan’s broken auto no-fault insurance system and dramatically cut costs for drivers.Kahle supports soon-to-be-introduced legislation that will lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan – which now has the highest rates in the nation – by offering motorists more coverage options, fighting fraud and reining in medical costs.“Our auto insurance is too expensive,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “Spending an excessive amount of our hard-earned money on auto insurance takes away from our priorities like putting food on the table, saving for our children’s education, investing for retirement or even contributing a little more to our community’s charities. This proposal will make auto insurance much more affordable for the people of Lenawee County and our state.”Michigan’s average full coverage auto insurance premium cost – nearly $2,400 per year – is more than $1,000 above the national average and twice as high as those in neighboring states.The new bipartisan plan continues and guarantees benefits for Michiganders already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident. The plan also gives motorists the option to continue to buy unlimited personal injury protection coverage, or buy more affordable alternative coverage plans.The proposed legislation:Provides a guaranteed rate reduction for drivers who choose certain coverage plans alternative to the unlimited plan;Gives individuals the choice on the extent of PIP coverage as part of their auto insurance. Choice levels include $250,000, $500,000 or unlimited;Allows seniors age 62 or older who pay for Medicare the option to opt out of PIP coverage and use their existing medical coverage;Establishes fee schedules to lower medical costs related to auto injuries;Helps the state ensure insurance companies are complying with state law, and creates a fraud authority to address fraudulent claims;Provides a state review of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) to make sure motorists are not overpaying for insurance; andAddresses attorney fee costs and unfounded lawsuits while eliminating attorney conflict of interests with medical providers.“As I listen to families and citizens in our communities all across Lenawee County, the high cost of Michigan’s auto insurance is a top concern,” Kahle said. “Whether it is at office hours, a community meeting, or even the grocery store, I have been hearing from residents seeking a reduction in their auto insurance rates. This plan will reduce rates for our hard working citizens while still protecting the benefits of those already receiving lifetime health care from a catastrophic car accident.” 26Sep Rep. Kahle supports reform to lower Michigan auto insurance rates Categories: Kahle Newslast_img read more

  • The Incomplete Recovery Leaves Many Invisible and Suffering

    first_imgShare13Tweet26Share16Email55 Shares“Day 20 – Occupy Wall Street October 5 2011 Shankbone 14.” Credit: David ShankboneAugust 17, 2017; Brookings InstitutionWe now have a better idea about why the economic recovery just doesn’t feel right. Two recently released reports from the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project shed more light on employment in the United States and the challenges we still face from a struggling economy. The good news is that the overall job market has now fully recovered from the huge loss of jobs experienced during the 2007-2008 Great Recession. But while the statistic recovery is now complete, the human impact is not; there are significant lingering challenges being faced by those left on the outside looking in.From an overall national perspective, the employment picture is back to what it was pre-Recession. Adjusting for the overall growth of the population and the aging baby boom generation, “nearly a full decade after the start of the recession, employment has returned to its demographically adjusted pre-recession level. This does not mean that all harm to the labor market resulting from the Great Recession has dissipated, nor that the economy is at full employment. It does mean, though, that the economy has added enough jobs to make up for the losses during the Great Recession.”Reaching the yard marker of 2007-2008 is an important milestone. But compared to the three recessions that preceded the Great Recession (1981, 1990, and 2001), the hole left was much deeper and it took much longer to recover. While the nation as a whole is now back to normal, regionally there are significant differences.States in the Northeast and Midwest have seen particularly strong job growth, adjusting for demographic change; for example, Massachusetts has closed its gap and added 1.1 percentage points. Some of the largest remaining gaps are observed in Western states, where Wyoming has the largest employment rate gap of -4.3 percentage points. Importantly, these differences may reflect differences in population growth and migration across the states.For regions on the downside of the recovery curve, the challenges remain difficult. Across the country, there is an oft-unseen population for whom the recovery has not happened at all. They are not working, and so do not have the income from a steady job to provide a stable economic platform. For governments at all levels, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropists who see “safety net” supports as within their mission, understanding this segment of our population is critical. According to Brookings, “of the nearly 38 million men and 56 million women who are not in the labor force, 57 percent of men and 55 percent of women are at least 55 years old. At the other end of the spectrum, about 23 percent of men and 16 percent of women who are not in the labor force are ages 16 to 24, 81 percent of whom reported being in school.”Two current major political battlefields, education and health care, become even more important in light of what the Brookings studies found. Education does matter; “the less educated an adult is the more likely it is that they will not be in the work forces.” And good health (and healthcare) matters, too. Brookings found that “almost 30 percent of prime-age nonparticipants—roughly equally split between men and women—report being ill or disabled. With roughly 45 percent of prime-age male nonparticipants classified as disabled, health related barriers to being in the labor force may represent a significant challenge…and pain medication may prevent a significant number of men from working.”Being without a job and having no family to lean on for support is a prescription for poverty. “Among nonparticipants living alone, the overwhelming majority are in the bottom quintile of the income distribution: 89 percent of males and 94 percent of females fall into this income range.” Having a partner to live with improves your chances, especially if you are a nonworking woman. “Almost 40 percent of partner-only households in which there is a male nonparticipant are in the bottom quintile of income, compared with only 15 percent of partner-only households in which there is a female nonparticipant.” At the very bottom of the economic ladder of working age adults are the “11 percent [who] report income from the safety net while receiving no earnings and the more than 1.3 million Americans out of the labor force [who] report having no income at all.”Clearly, the work of economic repair has not been completed. For organizations, public and private, whose work it is to support those who cannot make it on their own, this picture of a recovery still in progress can help shape their agenda for the coming months and years. A better understanding of the barriers keeping people out of gainful employment can help tailor programs and policies to be more effective. Recognizing that education, health, and other societal issues outside the workplace are significant can help build support for strengthening these social systems. Seeing the regional and demographic obstacles can lead to a more focused look at how best to overcome the hurdles. Ignoring these clues will lead to more societal turmoil and dysfunction.—Martin LevineShare13Tweet26Share16Email55 Shareslast_img read more

  • TV technology company TVIPS has launched the CP33

    first_imgTV technology company T-VIPS has launched the CP330 T2 Bridge, which it says enables efficient regional adaption in DVB-T/T2 Single Frequency Networks.SFNs are seen as less costly and more frequency-efficient than the multiple frequency network digital-terrestrial deployments seen in countries including the UK. However, SFN operation impacts the operator’s ability to insert local content to a national TV service.T-VIPS says that its CP330 offers a solution for operators to cost-effectively insert local content in SFN networks. The device makes it possible to reuse a DTH satellite signal to directly feed terrestrial transmitters, according to T-VIPS.last_img read more

  • LGs Ultra HD Curved OLED TV 4K TV will remain a n

    first_imgLG’s Ultra HD Curved OLED TV4K TV will remain a niche product for at least another five years, with widespread viewing of 4K content likely to grow quickly from 2019 onwards, according to a new report by TDG.According to Joel Espelien, author of Forecasting the 4K Video Ecosystem 2014-2025, 4K video will be driven by consumper purchases of smart TVs with 4K functionality, but actual viewing of 4K will be hindrered by poor consumer awareness, high prices, and lack of 4K content.According to the report connected set-top boxes and Blu-ray players will each account for almost one-fifth of total 4K video viewing in 2017, with uptake boosted by support from the likes of Apple, Amazon, google and Microsoft.Espelien argues that set-tops will surpass 4K smart TVs to become the single most-important platform used to view 4K video aside from legacy pay-TV operator set-tops.last_img read more

  • Peaky Blinders Netflix has picked up exclusive US

    first_imgPeaky BlindersNetflix has picked up exclusive US rights to British period crime series Peaky Blinders.The streaming service will launch the show exclusively in the US, making all six episodes of season one available simultaneously from September 30.Season two, which will debut on BBC Two in the UK at the start of October, will follow on Netflix US in November.The crime drama is set in 1919 England and stars Cillian Murphy as an ambitious gangster.“Peaky Blinders captivated audiences in the UK with its compelling storylines, powerful performances and stunningly beautiful imagery, and we cannot wait for our US audience to experience the series for the first time on Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix.He added: “We are thrilled to add this must-see series to our roster of exclusive content in the US.”Endemol distributes Peaky Blinders, but The Weinstein Company took US SVoD rights late last year, giving it rights to seasons one and two and a third season if it is commissioned. It is produced by Caryn Mandabach Production and Endemol-owned Tiger Aspect for the BBC.“We are thrilled to have viewers discover ‘Peaky Blinders’ on Netflix in the US, quickly becoming known as the preeminent destination for audiences to find and enjoy quality programming from around the world,” said Cathy Payne, chief executive, Endemol Worldwide Distribution.“Peaky Blinders is a richly creative, deeply engaging series that will have the perfect home in the US on Netflix,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman The Weinstein Company.Separately, Netflix has ordered a 26x30mins kids series based on the Popples brand.The Popples animation show will launch on Netflix in 2015, with Saban Brands commissioned to make it alongside ZAG Entertainment. Each episode will follow a group of friends whose optimistic intentions backfire to comic effect.“We look forward to debuting this new Popples series to children around the world,” said Haim Saban, chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group and founder of Saban Brands.“Netflix continues to be a great strategic partner, delivering compelling content that kids can enjoy anywhere and everywhere. With the global reach of Netflix, we know Popples will reach a whole new generation of kids that will love it as much as their parents.”Saban will likely distribute the series, having this week launched a new distribution wing, though this wasn’t official at press time.The Popples brand launched in 1985 as a species of brightly-coloured fluffy balls that turn into furry creatures.last_img read more

  • Russian service provider ERTelecom has added Ukra

    first_imgRussian service provider ER-Telecom has added Ukraine-based OTT TV service Megogo to its Dom.ru TV service. The addition makes Megogo’s catalogue of over 3,000 movies, TV series, cartoons and short-format videos available to Dom.ru TV customers. Users can siubscripe for one, three, six or 12 months, with the subscription price ranging from RUB299 (€3.95) for a single month to RUB2,699 for a year.Viewers can also take a seven-day subscription to Megogo Premiers for RUB99, or watch movies on an à la carte basis.Megogo is currently available to Dom.ru TV customers with a Humax 7000i first-generation box, but will be made available to users with second-generation boxes soon.last_img read more

  • Arris and Pace have each received a second request

    first_imgArris and Pace have each received a second request for information from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) about Arris’ US$2.1 billion (€1.9 billion) takeover of its set-top box rival.The additional information request is part of the regulatory process under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act – which requires any investor seeking to acquire a 15% stake, or a stake valued at more than US$15 million, in a company to file a report with the government so that regulators can determine whether it would violate antitrust laws.Arris said that it and Pace “intend to respond to the requests as quickly as practicable and to continue to work cooperatively with the DOJ in connection with its review.” It added that it still expects the deal to close in late 2015.Arris agreed to buy Pace in a cash and stock agreement in April – almost two years to the day after Arris completed its US$2.2 billion buyout of Motorola Home from Google.last_img read more

  • Mark Zuckerberg Facebook now claims more than eigh

    first_imgMark ZuckerbergFacebook now claims more than eight billion daily video views, with more than 500 million people watching content through the service each day.The social network’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg revealed the figures during the firm’s third quarter earnings call, claiming that video is an area “where we continue to make progress.”“We’ve added live video to our Mentions app for public figures, and we now support interactive 360 videos in News Feed. We’ve also rolled out new video tools for pages and begun testing a dedicated video section on Facebook,” said Zuckerberg.“Over the next few years, video is going to be some of the most engaging content online, and by continuing to innovate here, we have a chance to build the best place to watch and share videos.”Asked whether Facebook could eventually become a destination site for long-form content, Zuckerberg said that most videos viewed on the service today are short clips discovered by users in their news feed – an environment where users are not necessarily going to watch an hour-long video.“I do think over time we will get to more different types of content and we’ll build products that serve that. The current market of trying to help people share and experience all these shorter form clips is massive. We are nowhere near serving that as well as we want to,” said Zuckerberg.“The more interesting question is not in the near-term what we’re going to do to develop ways to consume long form content, but what traditional media and content producers, who have traditionally produced short and long form content, are going to do to chunk their stuff up better so that it can be more easily consumed by this big community online.”Also speaking on the earnings call, Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, said that video is an attractive tool for marketers using Facebook and that more than 1.5 million small businesses posted video – including video ads and “organic videos” – on Facebook in September alone.“Video is a natural and growing part of our mobile News Feed experience. Video on Facebook gives marketers not just mass reach, but better cross-device targeting and measurement than we believe is available on any other platform,” said Sandberg.last_img read more

  • Telefónica is ramping up its investment in origina

    first_imgTelefónica is ramping up its investment in original content following the launch of Netflix in Spain earlier this year. The telco’s premium TV service, Movistar+ is commissioning a drama series based on the 2010 best-selling novel Dime Quién Soy by Julia Navarro.The series will be a produced jointly by Movistar and DLO Productions’ José Manuel Lorenzo, and will be filmed in Spain, Argentina and other European countries.The period drama tells the story of fictional revolutionary activist Amelia Garayoa through the turmoil of the Spanish republic of the 1930s, the Civil War and up to the fall of the Berlin Wall.The series will be directed by Fernando González Molina, director of movies including Tres Metros Sobre el Cielo, Tengo Ganas de Ti and Palmeras  en la Nieve.Dime Quién Soy is one of 20 projects currently in various phases of development by Movistar+, which has set an objective of producing six to eight series each year from 2017. Other projects include comedy Vergüenza, directed by Juan Cavestan and Álvaro Fernández-Armero and starring Javier Gutiérrez and Malena Alterio, which is in the final stages of filming, La Peste, directed by Alberto Rodríguez and political thriller La Zona, written and directed by Jorge and Alberto Sánchez Cabezudo and starring Eduard Fernández, which is in pre-production and planned for 2017.last_img read more

  • Freeview is mulling whether overthetop services

    first_imgFreeview is mulling whether over-the-top services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV should be “deeper integrated” within its connected Freeview Play offering.Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit yesterday, Freeview marketing director, Owen Jenkinson, described OTT services as a “fantastic complement” to Freeview Play and said they present “an alternative option for the growing middle-ground audience, for whom ability and value are key drivers of choice.”Freeview Play, which is available on set-top boxes and connected TVs, already offers on-demand services like BBC iPlayer, the ITV Hub and All 4, alongside apps like YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime.However, Jenkinson said that fully integrating these services into the Freeview Play ecosystem, as opposed to doing a “softer marketing partnership” is “quite difficult for a number of reasons”.“Every single piece of Freeview Play equipment that’s available now also has Netflix and Amazon built in. With the launch of LG Freeview Play TVs last week you can also get Now TV. So all this stuff sits alongside Freeview Play currently. There is a debate as to whether that needs to be deeper integrated,” said Jenkinson.He claimed that while Freeview research indicates the likes of Netflix and Amazon are not “driving significant churn just yet”, partnering with these services might positively effect Freeview Play as it gives viewers more choice and does things like “reduce the perception of Freeview as a bit basic”.last_img read more

  • Kwesé TV a new satellitedelivered pay TV service

    first_imgKwesé TV, a new satellite-delivered pay TV service for Africa, has launched in Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia, marking the first stage of a phased rollout across the continent.Viewers in these countries can access the service via Kwesé’s satellite and set-top-box, with customers able to access the Econet Media-owned operator’s full ‘slim bouquet’ of around 60 channels for US$25 per month.In a Facebook post ahead of this week’s launch, Zimbabwean businessman and founder of parent company Econet Wireless, Strive Masiyiwa, said that Kwese TV will roll out to another 18 countries by June.Asked specifically about availability in Zimbabwe, he said that while this was an intended launch country, Kwese has yet to receive the necessary approvals there.“As soon as that happens we will get Zimbabwe up and running within a matter of weeks,” he said.Kwese TV will offer flexible pricing, with viewers able to opt for three-day, seven-day window or monthly payment packages.Customers with a Kwese set-top box will also will also get access to the Kwesé Free Sports Channel – which airs premium content such as English Premier League and NBA basketball – as well as to one local free-to-air national channel, even if they don’t subscribe to the pay channels.“We found that people who buy a set-top box and satellite dish feel penalised by the fact that, if they run out of money, they have no access to any content,” said Masiyiwa, commenting last week.“Our research showed that the payment method of a monthly subscription is too heavy for some people. They really want flexibility.”Econet Media president and group CEO, Joseph Hundah, said that the launch of Kwese TV “completes the story we started telling 18 months ago.”The rollout follows the launch of the Kwese app in Kenya, Rwanda and Malawai and the broad African rollout of the free-to-air Kwese Free Sports channel.“We have spent the past few months building this diverse media company which will showcase the very best in international content and act as a platform to showcase the best that our continent has to offer,” said Hundah in a statement to mark the launch of Kwese TV.The rollout comes in the same week that Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited said it will launch two new channels, Zee Bollymovies and Zee Bollynova, via Kwesé TV.Kwese has signed a number of deals in recent months, including an exclusive tie-up with Vice Media to launch its Viceland channel in Africa.“We’ve limited the number of channels to about 60 for the time being. Our focus has been to try to get content which most competitors don’t have, on an exclusive basis. Where we have channels that others have, they have to be ‘must haves,’ such as news channels,” explained Masiyiwa via social media.He added that being able to watch TV on-the-move via the Kwese app is an important part of the company’s strategy, as research indicates that in Africa more people have access to a smartphone (200 million) than a TV set (60 million) and 60% of Africans are under the age of 30, making it a “continent of millennials.”Kwesé Free Sports is currently available in Kenya, Rwanda and Malawi and via affiliate partner stations across Africa – including in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Congo, Uganda and Senegal.last_img read more

  • Youth broadcaster QYou Media has raised C5 millio

    first_imgYouth broadcaster QYou Media has raised C$5 million (€3.3 million) through a finance deal with Canadian investment banking firm Clarus Securities.The underwriter has agreed to purchase 13.51 million units of QYou Media at a price of C$0.37 per unit. Each unit will be comprised of one common share of the company and one-half of one common share purchase warrant.Each warrant will entitle the holder to purchase one common share of the company at a price of C$0.55 per warrant share for a period of 24-months following the closing date.The deal will generate C$5 million for QYou Media, which has also agreed to grant Clarus Securities an over-allotment option to purchase an additional 2.03 million units at the offering price within 30 days.If this is exercised in full, the aggregate gross proceeds of the offering will be C$5.75 million. The offering is expected to close on or around November 21, 2017.The news comes after QYou, which offers a curated collection of ‘best-of-the-web’ video, said in October that it now reaches over 100 million viewers globally.In the past monthThe QYou announced the launch of a fully localised version of its channel for the first time – in the Polish market in partnership with Mediakraft TV. It also recently agreed a carriage deal with Portuguese telecoms operator NOWO.last_img read more

  • French audience measurement company Médiamétrie ha

    first_imgFrench audience measurement company Médiamétrie has launched social TV ratings in France to gauge the audience and impact of programmes on social networks.The new service will analyse the nature and volume of interactions on Facebook and Twitter in order to enhance Médiamétrie’s analysis of a show.Each Tweet about a programme will be indexed and assigned a positive or negative emotion to better understand the sentiment of TV viewers.The social media audience for TV programmes will also be tracked on Facebook – the leading social network in France with 41 million monthly users.Médiamétrie said it will provide both social media and TV ratings for all access and prime-time programmes that are broadcast on the 21 DTT channels that subscribe to the company’s measurement offering.“Almost 60% of those aged 15 years and over have joined a social network, and 4.2 million of them have commented on a TV programme on social networks in the last month, a figure that is constantly rising,” said Julien Rosanvallon, the head of Médiamétrie’s digital and TV department.“Social TV Ratings allows channels to analyse the engagement and reactions of their audience. To understand the reactions of your audience is to understand what they expect.”last_img read more

  • Sony Interactive Entertainment has sold more than

    first_imgSony Interactive Entertainment has sold more than three million PlayStation VR (PS VR) systems worldwide, according to official company stats.Sony announced the milestone figure along with the news that it has also sold 21.9 million PS VR games and experiences.“We’d like to thank all our fans for the amazing support, and we’re thrilled that so many of our gamers have experienced the magic of VR and stepped into the captivating worlds that electrify our senses,” said May Yee, vice of PlayStation marketing in a company blog post.Sony said that there is now a “robust catalogue” of nearly 340 PS VR games and experiences available worldwide, with forthcoming releases for later in 2018 including Astro Bot Rescue Mission and Firewall Zero Hour.Digi-Capital, a Silicon Valley-based consulting firm focused on VR and AR, said that Sony is “the clear market leader in the premium/standalone VR platform sector over its HTC Vive and Oculus Rift competitors.”Sony previously reported that it had sold two million units of its PlayStation VR headset as of December 3, 2017, thanks to strong momentum for its PlayStation 4 console.The PS4 console first went on sale in 2013, while the PS VR headset debuted in October 2016.last_img read more

  • Bonnier Broadcastingowned Swedish broadcaster TV4

    first_imgBonnier Broadcasting-owned Swedish broadcaster TV4 has launched dynamic customised advertising with Tele2-owned cable operator Com Hem and its digital-terrestrial unit Boxer.According to Bonnier Broadcasting, the launch with the Com Hem Play and Boxer Play services means that advertising can be customised in real-time to ensure that more relevant ads are served to customers. Targeting is based on locality, channel and screen size – with different ads served to tablets, mobiles and Apple TV for example.Mathias BergThe advertising VOD-supported TV4 play service has turned to Swedish audience measurement outfit MMS to provide transparent metrics across multiple platforms.TV4 has previously made its targeted advertising platform available on the Telia Play service and the addition of Com Hem Play and Boxer Play means that it can lay a claim to be the only broadcaster to offer this on three of the country’s six main distribution platforms.“As we now launch dynamic advertising with Sweden’s largest TV distributor, we take another important step in the development of our advertising offer, where we create a future-proof model and increase the value for both the user and the advertiser. We want to be able to distribute our advertising on all platforms and this solution allows us to customise the advertisements on platforms other than our own, and it offers an increased reach as well. We are at the absolute forefront of developments in this area and are excited for the work Com Hem has put down to enable the launch of this solution,” said Bonnier Broadcasting´s COO Mathias Berg.“We always want to offer our customers the best and most relevant content, and with dynamically customised advertising, we can offer them a tailor-made viewing experience. This will not only improve the quality of the ad experience but also add value to the advertisers. It has been exciting to develop this solution together with TV4 and we look forward to launching it with more content providers in the future,” said James Lowther, head of broadband and TV at Com Hem/Boxer.last_img read more

  • The technology solutions for multiscreen TV are no

    first_imgThe technology solutions for multiscreen TV are now available and service providers are addressing the challenge of how to make money from services, says Ramin Farassat, Vice President, RGB Networks.last_img